#AfrikaTown – Oakland photo: Dave Id
AfrikaTown is here to stay!
From We Copwatch [Oakland]
An empty lot was transformed into a beautiful community garden to help feed the neighborhood fresh fruits and vegetables. It quickly turned into a fight against gentrification towards a decolonized space. After many years of neglect, the landowner, equipped with bulldozers and cops, threatened to demolish all of the hard work done by the people. On Liberation Day the people gathered to show resistance against the ongoing displacement of the poor. The community sent a clear message that AfrikaTown and the garden are not going anywhere, and the residents of Oakland would no longer be throw away people.
Oakland, Co-produced by WeCopwatch and Bay Area Intifada
This past May Day, autonomous/anarchist people of color held a contingent of about 75 people within the Sin Fronteras’ Immigrant Solidarity march. Although the contingent had a clear non-reformist and unapologetic stance about immigration, they spent the day in solidarity with those struggling against unjust labor and immigration policies.
The mood of the march was joyous and celebratory. During the march, two Muslim anarchists spotted large men who seemed out of place and were paying too much attention to the group. One cop was snapping photos of the Muslims within the contingent.
The Muslim anarchists confronted the men who were clearly undercover police, stopped them from taking photos, and with the support of the rest of the autonomous/anarchist contingent sent them on their way with chants of “Pigs Out!” and “Pigs are Haraam!” Embarrassed and exposed, the two undercover officers slipped away through the crowds watching the spectacle.
From Oakland to Istanbul, pigs are haram!
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